The Botanical Garden of the city of Holguín, located in the outskirts of the eastern city and created in 1995, constitutes a reference area where the protection of endemic species of flora is enhanced through environmental education.
Yudith Floirian, a specialist in the natural reserve, said that among the main activities there are educational talks and conferences referring to the properties of specimens such as the dwarf cactus and the Holguín flower, exclusive to the eastern territory.
She stressed that within the space some 117 endemic varieties of Cuba are represented, preserved for the study and dissemination of their main characteristics as protectors of the natural environment in different areas of the province.
In the area covered by the plantations of this unit, attached to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment, research projects are also developed for the protection of the mountainous ecosystems of the province, where there are most of the autochthonous plants in danger of extinction.
The Holguín Botanical Garden, located at about five and a half kilometers from the historic center of the city in the vicinity of the Mayabe Valley recreational park, has in its fifteen areas more than 19 thousand species from the five continents.
Among the programs to protect the flora and its environment, the reserve also offers a wide range of services, including gardening and training courses related to botany.